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Celebrities Spotted at Loca Luna and Clermont

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Actors Woody Harrelson, in town shooting the movie “Zombieland,” and Bill Murray, here working on the film “Get Low,” have both been spotted taking in the, um, sights at the Clermont Lounge.

We hear from sources at the legendary Ponce  de Leon Avenue exotic dancing landmark that Murray was enjoying two popular beverages at the infamous dive  bar: Pabst Blue Ribbons and bargain whiskey from the bartender’s well rack.

Alas, we’ve been unable to confirm whether Murray or Harrelson have as yet been treated to a poetry reading/lap dance from Blondie, the club’s most famous dancer.

There’s also been no official response from the actors on how they responded when one young female fan reportedly straddled Murray excitedly while telling him that he reminded her of her dad. Murray gallantly helped the potentially tipsy fan to the exit.

The actors have also been regulars at Loca Luna, the Latin tapas and mojito emporium over on Amsterdam Avenue in Midtown as well.

By Richard Eldredge in Access Atlanta.

Read Full Article, Here.

Live Music Every Night in Atlanta

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

 

If there’s a show missing, let us know….

 

Monday – okay this is a slow day, but there’s got to be something. Let us know who’s playing where on this, the most important night of the week.

 

Tuesday –

 

Ø      10pm @ Beluga (www.belugamartinibar.com) Adam McKnight sings with William Green. How much more talent do you want in a tiny, tiny space.

Ø      Churchill Grounds – The Jam Session with Danny Harper. Call for time.

Ø      The Five Spot @ 8pm – Jam Session. Double check the time before you go.

Ø      Loca Luna – @ 7:30pm – local, acoustic, latin

 

Wednesday –  

Ø      10pm @ Apres Diem (www.apresdiem.com) Dave Bass sits in with local jazz gurus.  Get great food and see the new generation mix with the masters. A great scene.

Ø      Churchill Grounds – Ede Write. Call for time.

Ø      Loca Luna @ 7:30pm – Andre Rievers and Juan Bonini of Rua 6 play jazz, latin jazz and brazilian jazz

 

Thursday –  

Ø      Churchill Grounds – Russell Gunn’s “Bionics”. Call for time.

Ø      Anis Café and Bistro @ 7:30 – Roda Band.  Bossa Nova and contemporary jazz. A must see.

Ø      Sambuca Restaurant –Joey Sommerville.

Ø      Loca Luna @ 7:30pm –  Rua 6 plays rumba, samba and other upbeat latin sounds. This is a 3 piece arrangement featuring Andre Rievers, Vladmir Abbud and Rafael Pereira.

 

Friday –

 

Ø      Loca Luna – Rua 6 plays the best samba, rumba and word music in the city. There is no better latin dance party anywhere. This is a 5 piece arrangement featuring Andre Rievers, Juan Bonini, Vladmir Abbud, Cooper Tisdale, and Rafael Pereira.

 

 

Saturday –

 

Ø      Loca Luna – Loca Luna offers great salsa and merengue from Orchestra Nova Sound and Serenata Band. Sunday evenings 7:00 to 10:00pm. Latin Sol Saturdays at Loca Luna begin at Midnight. DJ Fernando Fernandez and guests spin the best Latin dance party in town.

 

Sunday –

 

Ø      Loca Luna – Serenata plays salsa and merengue on the patio

 

 

Other Notables –

 

Ø      Blind Willies – Live Music damn near every night. Closed Mondays. Just go.

 

Utopia: A Name well Deserved

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

A friend of mine told me about is little restaurant near downtown on Marietta Street called Utopia Martini & Tapas Lounge.  I was already in Midtown and decided to try a little adventure by attempting to find the place.  My girlfriend and I past several buildings with the hope that they were our destination only to be disappointed.  We finally saw a white single story stand-alone building that I recognized as the the former Cajun Kitchen and before that The Lizard Lounge, both fairly grimy looking places.
 
These memories left me a little bias as to what I expected to see.  We parked valet in a secure lot behind the restaurant which use to a gravel dirt patch.  There was action on another part of the building which appeared to be under renovation.  The entrance had oversized metallic doors with oversized metal pick handles.  This opened into a entrance area with a flat screen TV. 
 
Everything was new and put together with a scence of style and purpose.  The entrance opened into a spacious room with more metal and black marble on the dinning tables accented by red.  This space had only dreamed of being this fancy.  They had a huge black marble top bar with more flat screen televisons.  The booth seating is big an spacious, enough for a party of six to eat or drink comfortably and dangly sting curtains offered a measure of privacy.
We talked with the owner, Donnie, who told us the design was mostly a reflection of his wife’s good taste. He encouraged us to visit the private lounge area down stairs which they have a DJ spinning music Thursday thru Saturday.  He also gave us the scoop on the renovations he was doing next door to create a lounge featuring live music 7 nights a week.  Stay Tuned.  We will be back when that happens.
 
The waitress informed us that the portion sizes were on the large side for tapas and guided us to some really good suggestions.  We both started with the spinach salad while I had a glass of Pinot Grisgio and my girlfriend had a martini.  After another round of drinks, we ordered the Volcano.  It came with small sliced and pre-seasoned pieces of tuna, shrimp and beef and we took turns cooking on a little grill in the middle of the plate.  This was totally fun.  It felt like a miniture bar-be-que inside a restaurant.  It even had that grilled smoky smell at our table.  They had the food seasoned just right.
 
The night had turned out to be one the best dinning experiences I’ve had in a while.  There attention to detail push all the right buttons.  My girlfriend order another martini that came with a glow-in-the-dark wrist band around the base of the martini glass which looked really cool against the dark marble table tops.  The flat screen televisions behind the bar are positioned so that you can easily see from any table or booth in the restaurant.  The waiting area is a lounge with plush sofas, art, a string curtains for more privacy and a large window of the view outside.  The bathroom were even cool with large leaf shaped sinks and a cascading stone facet.
 
We topped the evening off with dessert.  I had a sliced apple, stawberry and marshmellow plate with a chocholate dipping sauce set up fundo style.  My girlfriend had the Tarimisu which tasted homemade.  After that, I had reached my total satisfaction point.
 
I left the place feeling so good I had to let people know that I experience Utopia right near Downtown.  
 

Dinner at Kyma in Buckhead

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
This past Thursday, around 6:00pm I went to Kyma in Buckhead for dinner and drinks.  Kyma specializes in Greek style seafood dishes.  The Greek word Kyma translates to wave in English (just a bit of information provide by Andrew, our server).
Atmosphere
Passing Kyma in the past, with its Buckhead location, Greek style facade, and valet parking made me think that the restaurant was more upscale than it appeared to be on Thursday at 6:00pm.  The atmosphere at 6:00pm was actually family friendly.  In fact, there were a couple of families there with children. 
Now, after dark I am sure the scene is quite different.  There is a bar area as well as a nice enclosed patio area.  There is also a private room for parties.  All of which have a very cosmopolitan feel.  The entry has a blue ceiling with small lights that make up the constellations and is bordered by large white columns.  Also in the dinning area on the walls there are candles, which I am sure make for a very romantic scene at night. 
Service
Over all the service was good.  The food came out timely.  Each course came out just as the last course was finished.  Our drinks were brought to us quickly.  And they even cleaned the table in between courses with a crumber.  Our server was knowledgeable and informative; although, he had almost lost his voice the night before, for reasons he didn’t bother to share with us.  So, he had to speak at a whisper and we had to listen intently in order to hear him.  Maybe if the children had been a bit quieter we could have heard him better.
Drinks
Kyma has a few specialty martinis which I did not see on the menu but found out about later.  I enjoyed a couple of pomegranate martinis at the waiter’s suggestion which were excellent.  I also hear that the Kyma Kosmo, a mix of orange vodka, blueberry liqueur, and pineapple juice, is a must try.  Therefore, I will be back.  My date had a Greek Pino Grigio (wine for you none drinkers) which he said was a bit on the light side and a dirty Martini with extra olives.
Appetizers
We started our meal with a Wood Grilled Octopus appetizer.  Our waiter told us this is a Kyma specialty.  The octopus was surprising good.  Of course I’m talking about octopus so for those of who who don’t like the idea of grilled octopus suckers may choose to miss out on this one.  But, for those of you willing to venture out a little the octopus was very good.
Diner
For diner I had a the Norwegian Salmon “Agginares”.  My date had a Genuine Red Snapper “Briam”.  I must tell you that Kyma is one of those restaurants that serves average to small size entrees on over-sized plates. So, though the food was good, if you are looking for a place to pig out this is not it unless you plan on having a lot of different things.  In fact they have a “Chef tasting” which is 10 Courses and 18 Tastes.  If you came to eat for a while this would be the way to do it. 
Desert
For Desert we had a fresh fruit tray with coconut sorbet, which was very good.  There was a nice variety of foods on the desert menu, but none of them appealed to me.  You guys are going to have to try them yourselves and come back and let me know.  (I tried the octopus, now you a have to step up on the deserts).
Bathroom
For me the bathroom can make or break a restaurant.  For Kyma the bathroom did neither.  Not too good, not too bad.  It was clean and acceptable but not overly impressive.  The ladies’ bathroom had nice fixtures and marble floors.  And, on the counter next to the sink was basket of nice grade folded paper towels monogramed with the Kyma logo and vase of fresh cut flowers.  Just what I expect from a nice restaurant.
Overall
Good food, good service, nice ambiance. Overall Kyma is a keeper.  I can’t wait to go back at night when the kiddies are all tucked away in their beds

Welcome our New Guest Blogger

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
My name is Elaine and I have joined the Best of Atlanta Concerts Family.  I will be writting a monthly Blog about different venues and happenings in Atlanta.  My goal is to expose the Best of Atlanta Concerts Family to as many different things to do in Atlanta as possible.  Hopefully not only will I get feedback from you all about the places I go but also about other places in Atlanta where I have never gone before.  We here at Best of Atlanta Concerts want to be Atlanta’s source for finding all the best little known venues, events and artist that Atlanta has to offer.  So, be on the look out for my Blog and look around the site.  I am sure that you will find something here that fits you perfectly.